If you are contemplating dog breeding, there are certain
questions that you will need to ask yourself before proceeding:
- Have I the time to devote to a litter until the puppies are old
enough to go to their new homes, which is usually around eight
- Am I knowledgeable enough to advise new owners about the
various aspects of caring for their puppies, including rearing,
diet, training and health problems?
- Can I afford to pay for the recommended health tests for the
bitch prior to mating her and, where necessary, her litter?
- Do I know enough to help the bitch during the whelping, if
- Can I afford to pay for a caesarean should the dam have
difficulty whelping the litter?
- Could I cope with a very large litter e.g 10 or 12
- Do I have sufficient knowledge to rear the litter correctly,
including on worming, vaccinations and socialisation?
- Would I be able to find good homes for the puppies?
- Am I in a position to take back or re-home any puppies if it
If you have not been able to say yes to all of the above
questions, then dog breeding may not be for you. You may therefore
wish to consider having your bitch spayed to prevent unwanted or
unplanned pregnancies; your breed club or the breeder of your bitch
may be able to provide you with further expert advice.
If you have been able to say yes to all of the above questions, do
not forget that you will also need to keep the following in
- Responsible dog breeders believe that each litter that they
breed, should be an improvement on the parents.
- Responsible dog breeders give careful consideration to health
issues, temperament and soundness.
- Responsible dog breeders plan ahead of each mating so as to
ensure that each puppy produced will be bred in the best possible
- Responsible dog breeders accept responsibility for a puppy
which they have bred, and make themselves available to give advice,
help and information to new owners.
Join the Kennel Club
Kennel Club General Code of Ethics
All breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who
register ownership of their dogs with the Kennel Club, accept the
jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and undertake to abide by its
Code of Ethics.
Below is a list of important factors you should think about when
considering breeding from your bitch:
- Transfer the dog into your registered ownership if you have not
already done so.
- Microchip your dog.
- DNA profile your dog.
- Obtain a Kennel Name.
- Check that no breeding endorsement has been placed on your
- Ensure your dog is healthy and suitable (especially in
temperament) to whelp a litter.
- Carry out all relevant health checks e.g. hip scoring, elbow
grading, eye testing and DNA testing.
- Contact a breed society for more breed specific
- Ensure that the health status of the proposed stud dog is
- Talk to the breeder of your bitch, as they may be able to help
- The NEW Kennel Club Healthcare Plan offers breeders optional
cover for Breeding risks including fertility, pregnancy, whelping
and litter before they are sold. For more information call 0800 369
90 90 or visit www.kcinsurance.co.uk
Having your puppies implanted with a Petlog microchip means that
they will be registered on the UK's largest database of
microchipped pets. Registration on the Petlog database provides
your puppies and their owners with security and peace of mind and
lots of great benefits, including:
- Petlog works with 12 of the 15 microchip suppliers in the
- A 24 hour, 7 day a week, 365 days a year dedicated UK-based
lost and found line.
- Online registration saving you time.
- New owners can be registered on the database immediately.
- The only microchip registration database that is ISO 9001
quality standards compliant.
- Database managed by the Kennel Club.
Before the Whelping
- Decide what whelping facilities, including bedding, are most
- Ensure that you have the necessary equipment to deal with the
- Inform your vet when your bitch is due to whelp and keep their
phone number to hand.
- Register your litter with the Kennel Club - ideally in time for
new owners to be given the registration certificate when they
collect their puppy.
- Advertise your puppies for sale on the Kennel Club Find a Puppy
- Provide a puppy contract with all puppies sold.
- Ensure your puppies leave with 5
weeks free insurance for the new owners.
- Microchip your puppies before they go to their new home with a
Petlog microchip - find your local implanter on the
Petlog website here.
Breeder Education Seminars
If you are a novice breeder and wish to learn more about dog
breeding, why not attend one of our Breeder Education Seminars. A
number of highly regarded professionals in the world of canine
health have been confirmed including:
- Ms Angelika Von Heimendahl, from the Veterinary Reproduction
Service, who will be offering advice on "Male and Female
infertility in canines";
- Dr Tom Lewis from the Animal Health Trust who will be advising
on "The science behind Mate Select and population genetics
- Professor Gary England, Professor of Comparative Veterinary
Reproduction at the University of Nottingham, will be presenting
talks on reproduction, fertility and artifical
Anybody who has an interest in breeding dogs, from experienced
breeders to first time breeders, will find something of interest at
these seminars. Sign up here now
for only £25 for a whole day of breeder education and